Harry Pearson was born in 1961 in village a few miles outside Middlesbrough. He was educated by kindly Quakers and can still sing all the words to the Society of Friends’ rousing anthem Baggy, baggy britches/Shaggy, shaggy locks/You are pulling down the pillars of the world George Fox. An attempt to become a journalist foundered when he failed to get onto an NUJ course because his spelling wasn’t good enough. After many years working in jobs that required overalls or disposable paper hats his life was altered forever by reading an article about Alan Foggon in WSC. Since then he has written six books including The Far Corner and contributed to a dozen more. He has written for WSC for 20 years and has been a weekly columnist on the Guardian since 1997. His spelling remains eratic, but it is still much better than his punctuation.

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